Thursday, April 5, 2012

E - Eleventh Hour, Eating Humble Pie and My Hat




Today's Idioms are brought to you by the letter E.

1.  At the eleventh hour, just before the curtain rose, Sybil finished painting the scenery.

Meaning:  at the latest possible time; just before the absolute deadline

Origin:  In the bible, the eleventh hour is the last hour before the end of the world, the last hour of sunlight before the twelth hour, which immersed the world in darkness.  People who procrastinate and wait until just the last minute are said to do something in the eleventh hour. 

2.  When I tell Joe how wrong he was, he’ll be eating humble pie for a month!

Meaning:  to be apologetic or suffer humiliation; to act humble or admit guilt.

Origin:  Humble pie comes from Medieval times, where there was actually a pie called “umble” or “numble”.  Umbles were the hearts, livers, and entrails of deer and other animals, and only servants ate umble pie.  Umble was changed to humble, which means lowly and meek.  By the 1800s it was used regularly to mean apologizing profusely for a humiliating error. 

3.  If you don’t win by 20 points, I’ll eat my hat. 

Meaning:  a statement made when you’re absolutely sure something will happen. 

Origin:  Charles Dickens used this expression.  If you are 100 percent sure something will happen or an event will take place (or not take place).  If the opposite of what you publicly declare happens, you will do something ridiculous – such as eat your hat.  You feel safe in promising that you’ll do something if it doesn’t. 

39 comments:

  1. I don't think I would want to eat umble pie. Ick.

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  2. Ooh, I didn't know the eleventh hour was a biblical reference. Cool!

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    1. I didn't either. Learn something new every day.

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  3. Hehe, still loving these. And the hat one, haha, nice. I never realized it came from Dickens.

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    1. :D I've used it as eat my shoes before - from a shoe horse in my WIP.

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  4. Really great as usual. I'll eat my hat if you don't keep 'em coming.

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    1. LOL! Have a nice large lot planned for tomorrow. :D

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  5. I didn't know the origins of any of these! I think eleventh hour one is particularly interesting.

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    1. It definitely gives it a more ominous feel.

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  6. Interesting. I didn't know humble pie was a real thing.

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    1. Me, either. It's a pretty gross thing, too. LOL.

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  7. Okay, so I'll be taking umble pie off the menu please :-) I love learning the origins for some of these things we say. Very interesting.

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  8. I once read a kids book called The Eleventh Hour. It was an interactive mystery book. Good stuff.

    "I'll eat my hat" does sound like something Dickens would have written. His voice has always reminded me of a happy asylum inmate.

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    1. I have a YA book on my shelf called the Eleventh Hour - post apocalyptic and all that.

      And I agree with the Dicken's comment, very much so.

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  9. Haven't heard the eleventh hour one. I do like the eating the hat one, except not many people wear hats so it's not as funny.

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    1. That's why I tend to use it as "I'll eat my shoes." Everyone wears shoes. :D

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  10. I've heard all three of those, but I didn't know it was Dickens originating the last.

    I see you've changed your header image.

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    1. Yeah, just making it a little more PG friendly.

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  11. I've heard of all of these, but didn't know where they came from.

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  12. I will never think of the word humble in the same way again. Ewwww.

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  13. I don't think I would eat my hat, but I love the expression and I love the one about eleventh hour. It always feels foreboding to me. :) Great choices!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it's very ominious. I can almost hear the music: duh-duh duuuuuhhhh.

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    1. Amazing what you find out with a little research. :D

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  15. Strong quote from the bible

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  16. I'd never heard the "humble pie" history before. That's marvelous. And a bit gross. ;)

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  17. I probably won't think of humble the same way either! (when it refers to this quote anyway) :)

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  18. These are great! I'm hungry enough to eat a hat, lol
    I have heard of the 11th hour, but did not know where he came from~
    Thanks for sharing :D

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  19. I use all of these, and didn't know the origins of any of them :-)

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    1. Yeah, the origins of these are all pretty new to me.

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  20. I love the eleventh hour! I need a deadline to get my butt in gear :)

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